Report of the 2nd Semi-Annual meeting of the Southern California Chapter (Branch 9) of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association.

Fuller & Johnson 2% hp

Courtesy of Donald G. Beach, 2734 Chaffee St., National City, California 92050

Donald G. Beach

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2734 Chaffee St. National City, California 92050

Planning the second gas-up was a natural outgrowth of the success of the first meeting and was planned for November 15th and 16th. The first meeting of this group was held in June this year (1969) at the Santee Lakes Festival in Santee, California. This was the organizational meeting and was quite a festive affair, with a parade nearly two miles long and a large display area set up beside the lake. Our show-stealer was Rube Nelson's Russell 25 steam engine which lumbered along the parade route, huffing and puffing and mightily blowing it's whistle to the delight of both young and old. The engineer was 81 year old Herb Hill of Escondido, California.

The planning was tremendous, the timing momentous, and by two's and three's and small groups the engine buff's began to arrive at L. W. (Jrady's place in Claremont, California for the second semi-annual meeting of the Association in Southern California. How could anyone have guessed that the weather would provide intermittent rain squalls enough to dampen the spirits of the most ardent gasser-upper? Such it was, though, and many hardy souls not only had their spirits dampened, but also got wet shirts and shorted-out spark plugs. L. W. Grady, who operates Grady Enterprises in Claremont was our genial host who provided space and many comforts for those who bravely disregarded looming clouds to load their engines for a few hours of popping off.

One of the interesting results of the meeting was the realization that we are growing! Our future plans are growing too -- including looking to the future meet when we will bind and thresh some oats or barley using the threshing machine newly acquired and powering it with one of the steamers in the branch. To do this in a proper fashion will require some skill and equipment yet to be located but we optimistically hope to overcome all such obstacles and produce a show to cause any Iowa grandfather to feel piercing pangs of homesickness.

The smiling gentleman adjusting the kerosene-burning Alamo engine is Walt Geiser of Lancaster, California.

This pumping outfit was set up by Mike Ashbeck, of Villa Park, California and it really throws a stream! The engine is a Fuller & Johnson 2% hp. and the pump is a Barnes 4 inch.

This is a father and son operation in which Jim Bove is supervising his son feeding the hopper of the Improved Hocking Valley corn shelter. It is pulled by a Domestic engine.

Our host at the fall gas-up of the Southern California chapter of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He is L. W. Grady, Claremont, California.

Some of the nice things happening at this meeting were these memory-joggers: Jim Hove of Los Angeles has his Domestic belted to a Letz corn grinder and busily ground enough corn to feed a henhouse full of chickens. L. W. Grady (our happy host) teamed up with Bill May (our Branch President) to apply John Deere power to a rock crusher and crushed a cement mixer or two of rock. Mike Ashbeck, of Villa Park, set his Fuller and Johnson 2? hp. to circulating water in sizable quantities pulling a gear-driven Barnes 4 inch pump.

Several unusual machines showed up at the meet also, and among them was noted Dick I lamp's 8 cycle Aermotor, which chuffed away quite prettily, and brought a proud gleam to Dick's eye as many gathered around taking pictures and inquiring about the unusual little engine. Another was Walt Geiser's miniature Rumely Oil Pull, popping softly on it's display stand, as Walt modestly pretended to be absorbed in adjusting his Alamo.

Saturday evening many of us hied ourselves to a nearby restaurant for a buffet which was remarkable for the delicious chicken and nine salad dishes served on an 'all you can eat' basis. After dinner, and not a few well-chosen (?) jokes, puns, witticisms, etc., Bill May and L. W. Grady showed a number of very good slides which showed the best part of all of us -- our Gas-Up enthusiasm, as displayed at the Santee Lakes Festival and the later Northern California meeting.

See ya at the next Gas-up of Branch 9 ! ! !